Rackmount KVM Switch with HDMI/miniDP

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  1. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Hello all, I'm looking into getting a rack mounted KVM switch w/ built in screen and connects to the computers via USB & HDMI or mini DP. Has anyone seen anything like this? I've seen many with VGA connectors, but I'd prefer to connect via HDMI or mini-DP and no adaptors. I'm just weird like that.

    My setup: I work in a school district and we have a bunch of rack mounted Mac Minis and just need a rack mount KVM switch to initial setup as well as troubleshoot them when I can't connect to them remotely.
  2. jamall, Jun 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014

    jamall macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2003
    Canberra, Australia
    Do a search for KVM USB HDMI on ebay. Unless you're buying cheap Chinese equipment which is still $hundreds, they are way overpriced. A software solution, such as a LaunchAgent that runs an AppleScript to enable remote access at startup on every installation would be the first option I'd explore. Having all your machines set to boot from an external USB HD that has all your remote access settings and recovery utilities in place means that they'll boot from it when it's plugged in but default to their internal HD when it's not. If it has to be done in hardware then a regular KVM with USB ports paired with a separate HDMI switching box would be the only reasonable solution, otherwise you're looking at $thousands.
  3. rex4mac macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
    Rackmount KVM for MacMini

    The problems with almost all HDMI or MiniDP KVM switches in the current market are:
    1. 2-port or 4-port version only, no Rackmount for more than 8-port or 12-port
    2. No MiniDP KVM switches (even the 2/4-port) version have built-in EDID-emulator on each video port connected to the PC/Mac system.
    These poor built KVM switches without EDID-Emulation feeding is the major problems of unstable KVM switching sometimes caused systems suspended.

    A good DVI DDM based KVM switch can solve all the problems listed.
    I tested ConnectPRO UD-18+ (8-port) and UD-112+ (12-port) DVI DDM+ rack mount KVM switches with all version of MacMini, MacMini Server, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with any problems in connecting DVI-HDMI and DVI-MiniDisplayPort cables amount them.

    ConnectPRO's UD-18+ and UD-112+ all shipped with standard 19-in rack mounting kit with them for no extra charge. It is the best solution for your application.

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